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Holocaust OdysseysThe Jews of Saint-Martin-Vésubie and Their Flight through France and Italy$
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Susan Zuccotti

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300122947

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300122947.001.0001

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The First Week in Italy, September 11–17, 1943

The First Week in Italy, September 11–17, 1943

(p.119) Chapter Eleven The First Week in Italy, September 11–17, 1943
Holocaust Odysseys

Susan Zuccotti

Yale University Press

The Jews who escaped from Saint-Martin-Vésubie to Italy by crossing the Alps after September 8, 1943, entered the Italian province of Cuneo through two separate routes. Passing through the Col de Cerise, they descended along a footpath or mule track into the valley of the Torrente Gesso della Valletta. The Jews came through the tiny hamlets of Terme di Valdieri, Santa Anna di Valdieri, and San Lorenzo before arriving in Valdieri, a larger village with a population of about 2,500 during World War II. Several Jewish families, such as those of Walter Marx and Miriam Löwenwirth, left little Valdieri and settled in Borgo San Dalmazzo. Refugees who arrived in Cuneo found that Italy was in chaos after September 8, 1943, as thousands of German soldiers poured into the country in anticipation of an Italian armistice with the Allies. This chapter describes how the Jewish immigrants and refugees from Saint-Martin-Vésubie fared during their first week in Italy, September 11–17, 1943.

Keywords:   Jewish immigrants, refugees, Jews, Saint-Martin-Vésubie, Italy, Cuneo, hamlets, Valdieri, Walter Marx, Borgo San Dalmazzo

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